Tanner De Witt proud sponsor of Hong Kong Rugby’s domestic league referees


As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local organisations in the region, we are delighted to announce that we are the official gold sponsor of the Hong Kong Society for Referees for the domestic rugby league on a three year sponsorship contract beginning 2015. The referee is an integral part of every game in any sport; they must maintain a high level of fitness and are not always the most popular people on the pitch so their commitment to the game is particularly admirable. Furthermore the domestic rugby league of Hong Kong has gone from strength to strength in recent years and none of this is possible without the commitment of the referees and the investment by the HKRU into the referee program. We felt that this partnership was especially relevant since the main aim of a referee in any sport is to guide and direct the players to ensure a fair outcome; this is something that lawyers do on a daily basis.

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Tanner De Witt’s long-standing involvement in the rugby scene in Hong Kong continues. Several members of the firm having represented Hong Kong at the national level including Rowan Varty, who is still a professional player and Kim Boreham.

“I’m proud to be part of a firm that has always supported Hong Kong rugby. The firm has always been there for me throughout my professional rugby career, and I am glad the referees can now benefit from their excellent support as well.” Rowan Varty

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Mission Statement of The Hong Kong Society of Rugby Football Union Referees (HKSRFUR)

The HKSRFUR is committed to developing the game of Rugby Football in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and promoting the Society’s role as a key participant in regional and world rugby. The society aims to:

  • Encourage the pursuit of excellence in the quality of officiating games providing training programmes that will enable members to acquire;
  • Maintain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Laws and their application to the Game;
  • Develop and maintain their personal level of fitness to agreed levels;
  • Ensure that referees apply the laws of the game consistently and positively;
  • Advance the game within Hong Kong and China through an ongoing recruitment and retention programme;
  • Satisfy the requirements of referees given their individual needs and different levels of motivation; and
  • Promote enjoyment of the game at all levels.

About The Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU)

The HKRU is the governing body for rugby union in Hong Kong. Founded in 1952 and since 1988 an affiliate of World Rugby (formerly the International Rugby Board), the union organises the world-renowned Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens as well as its own domestic leagues across all age groups, genders and standards of play.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a referee, contact [email protected].

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